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Want to be part of a music video with Hudson Taylor?

If so, we want you to record yourself performing along to this video, Hudson Taylor’s ‘Lose Yourself Walking On The Flume’. The footage submitted will be added to the music video and will become the YSI Go Do Anthem of 2014!

Project Feedback and Showcase Offers 2014

From 3pm on Monday 7th April YSI Project Feedback will be available for project Guides and Showcase offers will be published on the Showcase Microsite

Press Release: Taoiseach Launches All Ireland Social Innovation Awards

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD launched a new Social Innovation Awards scheme at the Round Room, Mansion House, Dublin today which recognises schools and youth organisations across Ireland that are committed to engaging young people in civic and social innovation.

The Young Social Innovators of the Year 2013 Launch Education Pack for Schools

All schools in Ireland to receive pack during Organ Donation Awareness Week

Press Release: South East Youth to put Spotlight on Social Issues

Students from 14 schools across Kilkenny, Tipperary, Wexford, Wicklow, Cavan, Laois and Waterford gathered at Lyrath Estate Convention Centre, Kilkenny to ‘speak out’ on the social issues that concern them as part of the Young Social Innovators’ ‘All Ireland Speak Out’ tour.

Press Release: Connaught’s Youth to put Spotlight on Social Issues

Students from 28 schools and youth centres across Galway, Mayo and Sligo are among a group of young people who gathered at NUIG Galway to ‘speak out’ on the social issues that concern them as part of the Young Social Innovators’ ‘All Ireland Speak Out’ tour.

Press Release: Ireland’s Youth to put Spotlight on Social Issues

Over 6,000 young people from 220 schools and youth centres across Ireland will be speaking out during March on the social issues that concern them as part of the Young Social Innovators’ ‘All Ireland Speak Out’ tour, which was launched with an event in UCD today

Looking forward to seeing you at the Provincial Speak Outs

The Young Social Innovators Speak Out events will kick off on the 4th of March with the first Leinster event in Astra Hall, UCD. This will mark the start of a busy month, with 18 Speak Out events in total this year.

YSI Guides and Advocates get active at January workshops across Ireland

January was a busy month for the YSI Education team as they travelled the length and breadth of the country to deliver trainings at eight different locations, including Dublin, Athlone, Donegal, Cork, Belfast and Derry.  YSI Guides seemed to really enjoy the workshop which focussed on creative communications – timely in advance of the Speak Out preparations going on!

Impressive and innovative pitches wow Dragons at Dublin and Cork YSI Dens

More than 20 YSI teams blew the panel of dragons away in both Dublin and Cork as they pitched their ideas in the hopes of receiving money, means or mentorships. With the help of the Vodafone Ireland Foundation, over 14,000 euros and some 14 mentorships were pledged to some amazing projects.

New Showcase Awards – if you’re not in, you can’t win!

There have never been so many opportunities for your project to excel, with three awards up for grabs this year: the Vodafone Mobile for Good Award, the Hub-si Award and the Fun-raising Award.

Information & Communications Internship Available

An internship opportunity with Young Social Innovators will suit those qualified and interested in Communications, Public Relations and Journalism.

Press Release: Money, means and mentoring up for grabs at the first Young Social Innovators Den 2014

More than 20 teams of young people will take their turn to face the Young Social Innovators (YSI) Panel of Dragons in 2014, pitching their idea in the hopes of receiving money, means or mentorships. The Dublin Den is the first in the series and takes place in Boston College today.

EXPLORE Social Innovation Workshops up and running

More than 400 students from across Ireland have already taken part in the YSI EXPLORE Social Innovation suite of workshops, taking advantage of the opportunity to engage in social issues in a fun, interactive and positive space. There are three different workshops available, each taking a unique approach that ensures YSI can cater for each and every student..

New Hub-si Award announced for 2014 Annual Showcase

We hope you have all been enjoying exploring YSI’s online social innovation platform Hub-si and are busy working on your project profile. If so, you could be in with a chance of winning the first Hub-si Award at the Showcase next year. The award will recognise the team that has maximised its use of Hubsi and all its features to promote their project. It will be presented to the winning team at the Annual Showcase on 7th May 2014.

Enter the SAGE World Cup through the Den!

The closing date for applications for the first YSI Den is fast approaching as all entries must be in by 20th December 2013. Would your social innovation, enterprise, campaign, production or service benefit from receiving money, means or mentoring? If successful you could be pitching to the Dragons and increasing the impact of your project, with support from the Social Innovation Fund. The Fund is supported by our official partner the Vodafone Ireland Foundation.

What happened next? You tell us!

We want to tell people what happened YSI projects next at the Annual Showcase in 2014! We want to exhibit some of the many projects that have had a huge impact on Irish society since YSI was founded 12 years ago. Have you been involved in a project? Do you know of one? If so, please get in touch as we want to bring these projects together in a special What Happened Next Zone at the Showcase.

Press Release: Young Social Innovators instrumental in Ireland’s inaugural Missing Person’s Day

The Young Social Innovators of the Year 2012, Forget Me Not, will be guests of honour at Ireland’s inaugural Missing Persons Day, which is being launched by Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter at Farmleigh House in Dublin today.

Enter The Sage Social Enterprise Business World Cup 2014

This year, through the YSI Den, a team will be chosen to represent Ireland at the SAGE World Cup in August 2014! The SAGE World Cup takes place annually; in 2014 it will take place in Moscow and will bring together young people from all corners of the world to showcase their social entrepreneurial projects.

Your Europe, Your Rights

“Everyone has the right to education and to have access to vocational and continuing training. This right includes the possibility to receive free compulsory education” according to the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

In-Service Training Booking now open

Booking is now open for the January In-Service Trainings. This workshop aims to help Guides gain an understanding of the YSI social innovation framework and programme.

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to open second annual youth-led CAST Film Festival

Dublin, 21st November 2013: Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald will open the second annual CAST Film Festival on 21st November when students from Collinstown Park Community College, Clondalkin will deliver an evening which combines glamour, glitz and the hard hitting topic of mental health.

YSI Den Applications Are Open!

This is Young Social Innovators way of supporting social innovators and budding social entrepreneurs. It gives them chance to increase the impact of their innovation, build and sustain it. Whether a social innovation, enterprise, campaign, production or service, they might consider pitching their plan to the YSI Den!

New Social Innovation workshops for students!

Young Social Innovators has designed a new suite of half day workshops designed to reflect the essential pillars of learning: to be, to know, to do and to live better together.

Calling all young filmmakers to enter Better Together video competition

The Better Together Video Competition provides a platform for Irish charities, community groups, clubs and associations to showcase the work that they do; connect with members of the public; gain new supporters and fundraise. This is the first year there is a Young Filmmaker Award and there are some great prizes up for grabs.

Innovate! October 2013 Edition

The October 2013 edition of the Young Social Innovators’ Innovate newsletter has now been published! This newly revamped edition includes news on YSI’s new social innovation hub, an opportunity to join the Youth Advisory Panel, updates on the YSI Dens, the One Percent Difference TV ad & loads more!

Extra IST Training in November!

Due to demand Young Social Innovators is providing additional training sessions for ACTION Guides in both Cork and Dublin. Places are still available so book now to avoid missing out.

Press Release: Young Social Innovators and Vodafone make the One Percent Difference

Dublin 14th October 2013 Young Social Innovators is hitting a TV screen near you. The organisation’s partnership with the Vodafone Ireland Foundation is featured in the latest television ad released today as part of the One Percent Difference campaign launched by Philanthropy Ireland.


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